Training Course Instructors


Instructors for Vibration Institute courses have contributed to the development and application of vibration technology and have demonstrated their ability to effectively communicate their knowledge to others.  All instructors are certified by the Vibration Institute as a Category IV Vibration Analyst and draw on their extensive industrial experience for case histories to illustrate measurement and computational techniques.

ALLEN PLYMON serves as the Corporate Reliability Manager for Jay Industrial Repair.  He has 25 years of experience in troubleshooting, balancing, aligning and structural testing of a variety of industrial machines.  He is involved with solving vibration problems in the field as a consultant as well as utilizing continuous internet-based monitoring to provide 24/7 solutions for critical plant assets.  Allen also directs a world-class education center providing a wide variety of industrial training solutions.  He has been a member of the Vibration Institute since 1999, and is currently the Chairman of the Training Committee.   He is an instructor, a member of the VI Board of Directors and is a certified Category IV Analyst. 


NELSON L. BAXTER is President of ABM Technical Services, Inc. and co-founder of Machinery Health Monitoring and Electro-mechanical Diagnostic Services. His 34 years of experience in the utilities industry include trouble-shooting rotating equipment, structural testing, and balancing. He is a contributing editor of Sound & Vibration Magazine, a Registered Professional Engineer, a Level IV Certified Vibration Analyst and Instructor for Level IV Class. Baxter holds an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and ASME.





DAVID B. SZROM is President & CEO of Mechanical Consultants, Inc., a technical service company providing machinery repair, reliability improvement designs, vibration analysis and balancing, optical and laser alignment and other state of the art technologies to heavy industrial clients.  A graduate of Purdue University, he has over 30 years of experience in vibration-based technical support to a broad range of industries. He previously served as Maintenance Manager for one of the first high-speed, recycled newsprint mills in the country.  Mr. Szrom has been training with the Institute for over 20 years, is a Category IV Analyst, a member of ASME , the Secretary-Treasurer of the Institute and a member of the Board of Directors. 

BILL PRYOR is the Technical Director for PDM Solutions, Inc. He has over 35 years experience in the vibration analysis and rotating machinery field. Field experience includes machinery troubleshooting, balancing, alignment, structural analysis, transient testing, and commissioning of rotating equip-ment. In addition, he has assisted in the establishment of many PdM pro-grams throughout industry. Before joining PDMS, Pryor was with PSEG Power from 1986 to 1999 as a Sr. Test Engineer and Bently Nevada Corpo-ration from 1977 to 1986. He has an AAS in Product and Machine Design from the State University of New York at Alfred. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Vibration Institute. Before joining the Institute’s Training department he was actively involved in the Vibration Institute’s certification committee. Pryor is certified Vibration Analyst Category IV.



RAY KELM P.E is owner and Chief Engineer of Kelm Engineering, LLC located in Friendswood, Texas. The company specializes in numerical modeling and field testing of dynamic systems including rotating and reciprocating machinery as well as piping systems and other equipment. He has 30+ years of experience in the oil & gas, power, manufacturing and petrochemical industries. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas,a member of the Vibration Institute Board of Directors, and ASME. Updated 11/2013



JACK D. PETERS is the Vice President of International Sales for Connection Technology Center, Inc. (CTC), and his international responsibilities include Asia-Pacific, Canada, and India.  He has more than 30 years of experience in measuring, monitoring, and analyzing vibration problems on process manufacturing machines for photographic films and papers.  He currently provides international sales management, vibration engineering support, training for distribution partners, applications engineering, and technical support at CTC.  He holds an AOS degree from Alfred Agricultural & Technical College in Automotive Technology and an AAS degree from Monroe Community College in Electrical Technology.  Mr. Peters is an associate instructor for the Vibration Institute (U.S.A.) Vibration Analyst Category IV in accordance with ISO 18436-2 Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) as recognized by the SMRP Certifying Organization.




KEVIN R. GUY is a Senior Field Analyst for Delaware Analysis Services, Inc. and the former President of C. J. Analytical Engineering Inc., a company specializing in Predictive Maintenance and Vibration Analysis. His experience spans more than three decades. Mr. Guy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and is a member of the Purdue MET Department Industrial Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Vibration Institute, where he teaches ISO Category I-IV certification classes and the balancing certification class. Guy is a member of the Vibration Institute Board of Directors, has served on the MFPT Board of Directors and Board of Editors of the Shock and Vibration Digest.